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Places to see Delhi
 

India Gate


India Gate is a stone monument dedicated to the memory of the Indian soldiers who fought and died in the First World War It ranks as one of the primary places of interest in Delhi. The Indian soldiers were part of the British army and represented the military might of the British Empire at the height of its powers. India Gate was designed by Edward Lutyens and took 10 years to complete. The structure of India Gate is a triumphal arch, which is 42 meters high.







Red Fort (Lal Qila)


This red sandstone fort extends 2 km wide and differs in height from 18 meter on the river side to 33 meter on the city side. The fort was constructed by Shah Jahan in 1638 and was completed in 1648. Inside there are buildings, including the Hall of Public Audiences, the Drum House, the white marble all of Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Palace of Color and the Royal Baths.Decorated with Persian, European and Indian art forms the fort is one of the brilliant pieces of architecture.








Jama Masjid


Jama Masjid located in Old Delhi is one of the principal mosques of Delhi. One of the last architectural extravagances of Emperor Shahjahan this is one of the largest mosques in India and its courtyard can hold around 25000 people. Construction of this mosque began in 1644 and was completed in 1658 by 5000 artisans. The Jama Masjid has three great gateways and four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m high and is constructed of alternating strips of red sandstone and white marble.







Raj Ghat


Raj Ghat in Delhi is the sacred sight where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th of January, 1948, his body was cremated in Raj Ghat the next day. Raj Ghat is located on the western bank of River Yamuna, and therefore was considered to be the best place for the creation of the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Raj Ghat can be described as a simple square shaped platform, with a black memorial stone, which has the words "Hey Ram" engraved in it. These were the last words that came out of the mouth of Gandhiji before he took his last breath. The Samadhi consist of a black marble platform, of the same size that of the brick platform in which Gandhiji was burnt. The Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi has been surrounded by beautiful plants and trees that provide a peaceful ambience. It is also protected by high walls. Two museums, constructed in the nearby areas are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The Samadhi of Jawaharlal Nehru was also constructed to the north of Raj Ghat in Shanti Van.